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Cost of Living in Boston, MA, United States

Prices in Boston, MA

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 91.92
Rent Index: 71.38
Groceries Index: 100.92
Restaurants Index: 81.98
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 82.01
Local Purchasing Power: 112.15

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $
10.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $
45.00
75.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.00 $
6.00
8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 $
4.00
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 $
5.00
7.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.94 $
3.49
4.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.77 $
1.50
2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.47 $
1.25
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.05 $
0.89
1.32
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.96 $
2.00
3.99
Rice (white), (1kg) 4.61 $
2.76
7.00
Eggs (12) 2.72 $
2.25
3.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 13.38 $
8.82
22.02
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.92 $
6.50
13.21
Apples (1kg) 4.06 $
2.90
5.51
Oranges (1kg) 4.36 $
2.20
6.61
Tomato (1kg) 5.64 $
4.41
7.00
Potato (1kg) 2.45 $
1.99
3.31
Lettuce (1 head) 1.85 $
1.50
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.70 $
1.30
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
9.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.09 $
2.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.84 $
2.99
6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 $
8.30
10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $
2.00
2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $
70.00
75.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $
2.50
2.95
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.74 $
1.65
1.99
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $
26.10
30.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.99 $
0.95
1.03
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,750.00 $
17,000.00
20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 201.02 $
174.27
230.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 $
0.05
0.10
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.58 $
49.99
65.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 63.91 $
50.00
80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.16 $
25.00
30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
10.00
14.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.07 $
44.95
55.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.98 $
25.00
50.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 96.09 $
89.23
115.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 122.77 $
100.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,900.00 $
1,600.00
2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,323.91 $
1,200.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,660.00 $
3,000.00
4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,240.62 $
1,900.00
2,650.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,225.45 $
2,690.98
3,659.73
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,353.36 $
1,948.27
2,798.62
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,064.48 $
3,025.00
5,036.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.63
3.00
4.00

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Last update: July, 2014

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#Anonymous on Dec 21, 2013 :
What isn't apparent in these figures is that the after tax income doesn't include money for retirement, health care, disability insurance, etc. The actual income after that is more likely around $2,600-$3,000. With the costs described above you will not have a net gain year after year but will be living paycheck to paycheck.
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2013 :
$1680 for a one bedroom north of Boston, N. Reading. You can get cheaper but it will not be nice(no daylight because blinds will need to be down 24/7 for privacy) or spacious and you'll most likely need to live with someone else.
#Philip on Dec 02, 2013 :
The rent figures are outdated... Add about 30%... They have increased dramatically since 2009...
#Ayidh alqarni on Oct 13, 2013 :
Good evening I want to live with a family in the state of Boston and nearby of FLS Institute and be a respectable family and know the price
Thanks
#Mitch on Oct 07, 2013 :
I am moving to Boston from Sydney Australia. i have no idea about the different areas of Boston. I will be working in the city and am looking at renting a 2 bedroom apartment. I dont think I will be able to afford to live in central Boston. Could anyone suggest areas that have good public transport to the city and economical to live in.
thanks
Mitch
#Mladen on Jan 13, 2013 :
g, looks like data are correct at the website, the same as you wrote in your comment
#g on Jan 08, 2013 :
Boston Taxi rates are much higher than this. These rates are from the Boston gov site: Per Mile and Tolls: First 1/7 Mile: $2.60. Each 1/7 Mile thereafter .40. Tolls Additional
#Anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 :
About the tennis courts: There are many public tennis courts in Boston and Boston area who free access or that charge a very low yearly fee for the permit.

About fitness clubs: there are plenty of fitness clubs in the $10-20 dollar range. They are much simpler, but still provide equipment/tradmill/weightlifting rooms, etc. The $50-100 range also exists, but would be the higher end of clubs.
#Avery on Aug 29, 2012 :
I live in Marlborough (30 miles or 55 kilometers west of Boston). I do not use the public transportation althought the area only has emybronical form of public transportation (small bus). It's called MetroWest Regional Transporation (MWRTA). It cost $1.50 (regular adult) or $1.10 (CharlieCard®). It'll doubled if I going to MBTA Commuter Rail station. You also can wave the flag to bus to pick you up! Thanks for reading this information!

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